VTJP News & Articles 28 August 2012: Continuing Impunity for the Death of Rachel Corrie

28 August 2012  — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

France To Investigate Arafat’s Death
IMEMC – The French Prosecution decided to open an official investigation into the death of the late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 after becoming sick while surrounded by the Israeli military in his Ramallah headquarters. …

Continuing Impunity for the Death of Rachel Corrie
IMEMC – PCHR strongly condemns the decision of the Israeli court this morning, Tuesday, 28 August 2012, that Israel’s forces are not responsible for the death of US peace activist Rachel Corrie. …

Navy Opens Fire At Fishermen In Gaza
IMEMC – On Tuesday morning, the Israeli navy opened automatic fire at Palestinian fishermen, in Palestinian territorial waters, north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and chased several fishing boats to the shore. …

Court Rules Army “Not AT Fault” In Death Of Rachel Corrie
IMEMC – An Israeli court ruled, Tuesday, that the army “was not at fault” in the murder of American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who in 2003 was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully trying to stop the army from demolishing a Palestinian home, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Army Destroys 5 Wells, 5 Tents Near Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers destroyed, on Tuesday morning, five wells and three tents used by local residents of Zannouta area, in addition to removing two tents in a Khirbit Susya village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Army Bombards Several Targets In Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli Radio reported that the Israeli Air Force carried out, on Monday at night and on Tuesday at dawn, several air strikes targeting different areas in the Gaza Strip, including what the army called “weapons manufacturing facilities” that belong to the Hamas movement. … 

Ma’an News

Medics: Israel shells Gaza Strip, 2 injured
8/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured early Tuesday as Israel shelled the Gaza Strip , medical officials said. The shelling early on Tuesday came from Israeli military aircraft and naval ships and targeted two compounds in Gaza City, Hamas officials said. Two women in nearby homes were injured by flying debris, hospital officials….

Israeli court says Rachel Corrie was not unlawfully killed
8/28/2012 – HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) — An Israeli court rejected on Tuesday accusations of negligence over the 2003 killing of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Corrie’s family filed the lawsuit in the northern Israeli city of Haifa in 2005, accusing Israel of intentionally…. Related: Judge blaming Rachel Corrie for her own death highlights Israel’s impunity, family says and ISM’s response to the Rachel Corrie verdict

Sheikh condemns Israeli plans to hold wine festival at mosque
8/28/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Chief Islamic judge Sheikh Yusef Ideis on Tuesday criticized plans to hold a wine and beer festival at an Ottoman-era mosque in Beersheba. Ideis said in a statement that holding the festival at the site was a violation of international norms and a provocation to Muslims. The mosque is a contentious….

PA: 4 Palestinians, settler wounded in Nablus clash
8/28/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured in clashes with settlers south of Nablus on Tuesday, a PA official said. Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers arrived in 10 cars at the southern Nablus village of al-Lubban ash Sharqiya and clashed with local….

Israeli forces destroy tents, wells near Hebron
8/28/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished five wells and several tents in villages south of Hebron, residents said. Forces bulldozed five wells and tents in Zanuta belonging to Odeh Abu Sharekh, Ideis Abu Sharekh, Nabil Samamreh and Mohammad Samamreh, locals said, adding that soldiers beat up residents who protested the demolition. In….

Hundreds of settlers visit Nablus Tomb
8/28/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Hundreds of settlers visited Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus overnight Monday, local sources told Ma’an. More than 20 buses carrying the settlers were seen by the tomb amid a heavy Israeli military presence, locals said. Settlers performed prayers until the early morning hours before leaving the area. No….

Israeli forces detain 2 fishermen off Gaza coast
8/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested two fisherman off the coast of northern Gaza on Tuesday, Israel’s army and witnesses said. Kamal al-Ankah and his son were detained by Israeli forces near Beit Lahiya and taken to an unknown location, locals said. Their fishing boat was also confiscated.” Israeli authorities aim….

PA slams rights report
8/28/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority hit back Tuesday after a coalition of human rights groups released a report linking high-ranking officials in the suppression of protests in Ramallah in June. Adnan Dmeiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian security forces, said the report amounted to a “clear attack on the presidency.”Without addressing specific….

Israel indicts Jewish teens over lynching of Palestinian
8/28/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Nine Jewish teenagers were indicted on Tuesday over a ferocious assault that nearly killed a young Palestinian in Jerusalem, a hate crime in a city divided by religion and politics. Israeli prosecutors said a girl, cursing and shouting anti-Arab taunts, lit the spark that set off a chain reaction of racist violence on….

Report: State asks court to order Migron evacuation
8/28/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli state asked the High Court of Justice to order an immediate evacuation of the Migron outpost on Tuesday, with a court ruling expected within the coming days, Israel’s Ynet reported. The motion will apply to settlers who had launched a petition claiming they had legally….

Report: Mortar explodes in southern Israel
8/28/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field in southern Israel’s Eshkol regional council, Israeli media reported Tuesday. Israel’s Ynet news site said no injuries or damage were reported….

FM: Abbas to seek support for UN bid at Tehran summit
8/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will canvas for support for the UN bid at a summit of 120 developing nations in Tehran, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Tuesday. The PLO plans to ask the UN General Assembly to upgrade its status to a non-member observer state. A previous bid for full UN….

Interview: Mursi steps out on world stage seeking ‘balance’
8/28/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt‘s new Islamist president said on Monday he would pursue a “balanced” foreign policy, reassuring Israel its peace treaty was safe, hinting at a new approach to Iran and calling on Bashar Assad’s allies to help lever the Syrian leader out. Muhammad Mursi, who was elected in June and….

Gaza authority levels land for Egypt free trade zone
8/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The land authority in Gaza began leveling ground on Tuesday to establish a free trade zone between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, an official said.” The land authority has submitted 200 acres to the Economy Ministry to establish a trade zone between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, all located west….

Iran, Israel and the birth of new alliances
8/28/2012 – By Mahdi Abdul Hadi – The Non-Aligned Movement of 120 nations are at a crossroads in their 16th Summit in Tehran this week where the longer term impacts of the Second Arab Awakening (the Arab Spring) are likely to reveal themselves. The NAM was established in Ban Dong in 1955 by Nasser (Egypt), Nihro (India), and….

Lieberman wants Egypt’s Mursi to visit Israel
8/28/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday he hoped Egypt‘s new President Mohamed Mursi would soon visit Israel to back up his reassuring words. Mursi told Reuters in an interview on Monday he would pursue a “balanced” foreign policy and indicated that Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt was….

‘Experts’: Big radiation risk unlikely if Israel strikes Iran
8/28/2012 – OSLO/VIENNA (Reuters) — Any Israeli attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities are unlikely to cause a Fukushima-scale disaster unless a Russian-built reactor is destroyed, experts say. They could, however, release toxic chemicals — rather than high levels of radiation — causing local contamination affecting health and the environment. That was also the case from US-led strikes….

Gaza govt: Haniyeh has right to attend Iran summit
8/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza responded Tuesday to Fatah’s position on Ismail Haniyeh’s invitation to Iran and said it was Haniyeh’s right to accept any invitation he receives. The government said in a statement that “since announcing that Haniyeh had received an invitation from….

France opens Arafat murder inquiry
8/28/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of late president Yasser Arafat, a legal source said Tuesday, following claims by his wife that he may have been poisoned. Arafat died in a Paris military hospital in November 2004, a month after being airlifted, when his health collapsed, from….

MK: Lieberman deserves prize for fascism
8/28/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Knesset member Taleb al-Sana on Tuesday said Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman deserved “Mussolini’s fascist prize” at a protest in Jerusalem. The Arab Democratic Party protested Tuesday against Lieberman’s recent remarks calling for the replacement of President Mahmoud Abbas. Demonstrators held photos of Abbas and….

2 workers injured after falling from building site
8/28/2012 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Two workers were injured in Tubas on Tuesday after falling from a building site, civil defense crews said. Two construction workers fell 14 meters while working on a water tank in the Tubas village of Aqaba. Red Crescent ambulances transferred the men to hospital with light injuries….

Up to 200,000 Syrians could flee to Turkey, UNHCR says
8/28/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Up to 200,000 Syrian refugees could flee to Turkey if the conflict continues to deepen, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.” We are already looking at potentially up to 200,000 and are working with the Turkish government to make the necessary plans,” Sybella Wilkes, spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees….

Jordan calls for help with Syrian refugees
8/28/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Jordancalled on Tuesday for international help with a sudden influx of refugees fleeing escalating violence in southern Syria. The UN refugee agency said the pace of Syrian refugees reaching Zaatri camp in northern Jordan had doubled, with 10,200 arriving in the last week, heralding what could be a bigger movement.” This crisis….

Minister: Libya will not risk clash with shrine attackers
8/28/2012 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Libya’s interior minister said Tuesday he could would not risk an armed confrontation with hardline Muslims behind a string of sectarian attacks, in an unusually candid admission of the scale of the security challenge facing the country. Ultra-conservative Muslims bulldozed shrines sacred to Sufi Muslims in Tripoli and the western city….

Prominent Syrian National Council member quits opposition
8/28/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — A prominent figure in the Syrian National Council resigned Tuesday, the latest of several senior members to leave the leading Syrian opposition group this year. The others have cited personal rivalries within the leadership and have suggested that the SNC is not doing enough to back the increasingly militarized 17-month revolt against….

Aljazeera

France opens Arafat murder inquiry
AlJazeera 28 Aug 2012 – Move follows allegations arising from Al Jazeera probe that deceased Palestinian leader may have been poisoned in 2004.

Palestine News Network

Occupation Approves to Commute Sentences of 7 Prisoners Jailed Before Oslo
Palestine News Network

Confrontations between Settlers and Palestinians Launch at Joseph Tomb
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Storms a House in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Occupation Arrests Palestinian Minors in the West Bank Governarates
Palestine News Network

Occupation Denies Entry of ”Welcome to Palestine Campaign’, Verdict of Rachel Corrie
Palestine News Network

Israeli Court ‘Clears’ Army in the Murder of Activist Corrie
Palestine News Network

Verdict in Rachel Corrie Lawsuit to be Announced August 28th – Family to Hold Press Conference in Haifa
Palestine News Network

Voice of Israel: a Spy to be Freed as Part of a Prisoner Exchange Deal with Israel
Palestine News Network

PLO Executive Committee Deplores the Miscarriage of Justice in the Rachel Corrie Verdict
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Civil Society: From Mass-Based Movements to Neoliberal-Oriented NGOs
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Continuing Impunity for the Death of Rachel Corrie
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Gaza activists: #RememberRachel and support #BDS
8/28/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinians in Gaza support the Corrie family on the eve of the verdict in their lawsuit against Israel over its 2003 killing of their daughter Rachel, as well as divestment from Caterpillar and the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement….

ISM’s response to the Rachel Corrie verdict
8/28/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is deeply concerned by the verdict of Judge Oded Gershon that absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip…. Related: Judge blaming Rachel Corrie for her own death highlights Israel’s impunity, family says and Israeli court says Rachel Corrie was not unlawfully killed

Judge blaming Rachel Corrie for her own death highlights Israel’s impunity, family says
8/28/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, 28 August 2012, Electronic Intifada, Haifa – The Haifa District court ruled earlier today that the Israeli military is not responsible for killing American activist Rachel Corrie, and that Corrie was to blame for her own death.”Even when she saw the mount of earth moving towards her, she did not…. Related: Source: Electronic Intifada and Israeli court says Rachel Corrie was not unlawfully killed

Alternative Information Center

Germany builds Israeli military might under shadow of US
Alternative Information Center – “Never again shall there be war coming from German soil“[i] is a famous quote of former German Chancellor Willy Brandt. For a long period of time this influenced the German understanding of war and the country’s…

The National

Iran: summit serves as a ‘slap in face for Israel’
The National 28 Aug 2012 – Iran says 36 heads of state and government will be in Tehran tomorrow for the two-day summit of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement (Nam), which opens with an address by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Syria opposition lays out ‘road map’ for country after Assad
The National 28 Aug 2012 – Six months of secret talks in Berlin end with 120-page document covering reform of Syria’s justice, security, electoral system and constitution – plus a call for western military assistance to speed Assad regime’s downfall.

Life of crushed US activist Rachel Corrie not worth $1: Israeli court
The National 28 Aug 2012 – Young American activist had put herself in danger, Israeli judge rules, denying her family a symbolic victory of the $1 they sought, nine years after she was crushed by a 60-tonne armoured Israeli bulldozer in Gaza.

Daraya massacre fails to stir Damascus
The National 28 Aug 2012 – The shock of discovering such horrific bloodletting on the capital’s doorstep could have sparked a massive rebellion against the Assad regime, yet central Damascus carries on very much as before. Phil Sands reports from Syria. 

France opens Arafat murder inquiry
The National 28 Aug 2012 – French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into Palestinian leader’s death after claims he died of radioactive polonium poisoning.

Kuwaiti man kidnapped in Lebanon released but tensions remain high
The National 28 Aug 2012 – The abduction came just days after Kuwait, the UAE and several other Gulf states warned their nationals to leave Lebanon, amid heightened tensions in the country over the crisis in Syria.

Egypt’s Morsi visits China in investment bid
The National 28 Aug 2012 – Egyptian president attempts to drum up investment and breathe life into his country’s stuttering economy.

Ha’aretz

Egypt halts Sinai anti-terror campaign, will open talks with Bedouin
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Israel’s former AG forced offstage after wrangling with Olmert’s attorneys
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Israel Police may probe group warning Arab men not to date Jewish girls
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Israel files indictments against teens over Arab youth lynching
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Israeli airstrike on Iran would not cause radioactive disaster, say experts
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Lieberman: If Egypt’s Morsi is serious about peace with Israel, he should visit
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Two masked men attack 67-year-old Palestinian shepherd in South Hebron Hills
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

State to High Court: Migron must be evacuated in next few days
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Israeli court: U.S. activist Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Jerusalem Post

Egged: We will not use people on J’lem bus ads
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Move stems from concern featuring women could lead to haredi vandalism; company to still feature men, women elsewhere. 

Women’s group sues haredi radio for discrimination
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Kolech says it has filed a class action suit against haredi radio station Kol Berama demanding NIS 104 million in damages. 

Analysis: ‘War zone’ designation defeated Corries
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Invoking the combat activities exception sealed the case, and almost guaranteed it will continue to the Supreme Court. 

Palestinian academics act against Israel ties
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Al-Quds University President Dr. Sari Nusseibeh once again under attack for cooperating with Israeli universities, academics. 

Netanyahu: Iran, Islamic rise are barriers to negotiations
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Prime Minister expresses skepticism for resumption of peace talks, blames Iran, growing Islamic ascendancy in conversation with visiting US Senator Mark Bennet; discusses central differences between US, Israel on Iran. 

Israel Bonds: A strategic asset for the country
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – For Israel to have the support of Israel Bonds – a dedicated, independent financial pipeline – is without a doubt an invaluable and strategic national resource. 

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Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – I wish the Israeli delegation to the London 2012 Paralympics much success. There is no more poignant moment than hearing our national anthem being played and seeing the Israeli flag waving at full mast. 

The Corrie verdict
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – The circumstances of Rachel Corrie‘s tragic death should be a wake-up call for the ISM and other organizations and media outlets that have taken it upon themselves to single out Israel rather than confront the real violators of human rights in the region. 

US gymnast Raisman makes Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Olympic gold medal winner will be inducted into hall with 8 others, including weightlifter David Berger, a victim of the Munich massacre. 

Boeotia in Palestine: The war for Area C
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Terra Incognita: Area C has to be understood as the last part of this unsettled dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Jordan inundated with flood of refugees from Syria
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – UN racing to put up enough tents for around 2,000 refugees arriving into the northern part of Hashemite Kingdom. 

‘Cleveland Rocks,’ but Israel is home
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – View From The Hills: “The yearning for redemption sustains Judaism in Exile. Judaism in Eretz Yisrael, however, is the redemption itself.” – Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook in his book Orot. 

The Corrie case: Reckless choices
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – The District Court in Haifa handed down its long-awaited verdict in the Rachel Corrie trial. The court found that Corrie’s own negligence led to her death. 

‘Rachel Corrie ruling a black day for human rights’
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Family whose daughter killed by IDF bulldozer reacts angrily to rejection of case; state satisfied court fully accepted its arguments. 

Romney flies in to save Republican convention
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Presidential candidate joins party in Tampa to salvage convention; spotlight turned on Mormon-Jewish connection. 

Student’s mouth stapled in ‘anti-Semitic attack’
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Michigan State Jewish student attacked at party, knocked unconscious; ADL “horrified by violent assault.” 

JAFI give aid to family of non-Jewish Burgas victim
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Jewish group uses funds to show solidarity with Mustafa Kyosov; Ya’alon speaks at memorial ceremony in Sofia synagogue. 

‘France launches murder probe into Arafat’s death’
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Prosecutors to investigate allegations made by widow Suha, daughter Zahwa that the former Palestinian leader’s 2004 death was a result of poisoning with radioactive polonium-210. 

Labor head: Elected officials must disclose business
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Yacimovich to revive bill aiming to prevent conflicts of interest by requiring MKs, ministers to submit annual reports. 

Envoy to Germany: Awardee ignores terror on Israel
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Hadas-Handelsman joins Jewish groups in denouncing Frankfurt’s decision to award US prof. Judith Butler with Adorno Prize. 

Cops in Tiberias make ‘major’ drugs bust
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Bust worth NIS 1m. deals blow to Ecstasy, “Hagigat” trade; two suspects arrested, remand extended. 

Israel among top arms exporters and importers
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Israel signs arms transfer agreements worth $12.9 billion, ranking it 8th among worlds biggest arms suppliers. 

FM to Morsy: Peace is not an abstraction, come visit
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Liberman praises Egyptian president’s stated commitment to upholding treaty, but warns that peace is more than just talk. 

Facebook peace activists finally meet face-to-face
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Young leaders vow to fight anti-normalization, bring peace to the Middle East. 

Experts: Big radiation risk unlikely in Iran strike
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Fallout may be similar to impact of attacks in Gulf Wars, experts say, expecting that Bushehr reactor would be off-limits. 

Police charge 9 Jewish teens in assault of Arab
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Youth were “looking for Arabs to beat up” according to indictment in Jerusalem beating; all but one defendant are minors. 

MKs slam Peres for commuting terrorist sentences
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – After Peres shortens sentences of convicted terrorists, Schneller proposes law limiting the president’s ability to do so. 

Haifa court rules against Rachel Corrie family
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Judge invokes “combatant activities” exception, says US activist who was killed by IDF bulldozer could have avoided danger. 

Haifa Poison Control Center sees large increase
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Health Ministry encourages residents to use 24-hour service so lives can be saved without having a physician to consult with it first. 

Safed doctors denounce hospital violence
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Ziv Medical Center doctors protest attack against colleague, call for more deterrence; Ziv has been site of numerous attacks on staff. 

CBS: Haredim, Arabs will soon be 44% of all students
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Central Bureau of Statistics report finds that in 5 years, students attending non-religious public schools will remain the largest group. 

Morsy seeking ‘balance,’ reassures Israel on peace
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2012 – In 1st interview with int’l news organization Egypt‘s leader urges Assad’s allies to coax him out, hints at new approach on Iran. 

How Morsy will gain total control over Egypt
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2012 – An analysis of the Egyptian president’s moves in creating an Islamic state. 

Why Netanyahu can’t sell a unilateral strike
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2012 – Netanyahu has failed to convince Israelis that Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped at all costs. 

The Guardian

Nick Hayes on the Rachel Corrie court verdict – cartoon
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – Israeli court dismisses civil lawsuit over death of US activist Nick Hayes

Rachel Corrie: a memory that refuses to die
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – The judge’s verdict did not merely spruce up the whitewash over Corrie’s death. It spread it yet further Nine years after Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist, was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer in Rafah,…

Rachel Corrie lawsuit result ‘dangerous precedent’ say human rights groups
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – Concern ruling will allow Israel to exploit ‘legal black hole’ and avoid responsibility for its actions Human rights organisations have warned of a “dangerous precedent” following an Israeli court’s dismissal of a civil lawsuit over the…

Rachel Corrie’s parents describe ruling as ‘bad day for human rights’ – video
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – Cindy and Craig, the parents of Rachel Corrie who was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003, say the absolving of responsibility of Israel is deeply saddening and troubling

Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset | Chris McGreal
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – Corrie’s parents have not received justice, but their quest reveals the lie of the IDF’s claim to be the world’s ‘most moral army’ Reporters covering Israel are routinely confronted with the question: why not call Hamas…

Rachel Corrie ruling shows Israeli human rights failure, says family – video
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – The lawyer of the parents of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie says the verdict that the state of Israel was not responsible for her death ‘contradicts fundamental principles of international law’

Rachel Corrie ruling ‘deeply troubling’, says her family
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – American activist’s family vows to appeal against Israeli court’s ruling that her death was a ‘regrettable accident’ The death of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie was a “regrettable accident” for which the state of Israel was not…

Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident, Israeli judge rules
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – Judge finds no fault in military investigation that cleared defence force of responsibility for protester being killed by bulldozer The death of the pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie was not caused by the negligence of the Israeli…

Inter Press Service

Detention in Italy Better Than Home in Tunisia
IPS A year ago Salim, a 23-year-old from the ancient Tunisian city Gafsa decided to leave his country using a smugglers’ network notorious for transporting desperate Tunisian citizens to Europe by boat. Salim became head of his household three years ago after his father, a wood-maker, died of lung cancer. Gafsa…

Uruknet

Breivik, Obama and drones
Uruknet

PCHR Strongly Condemns the Denial of Entry to the oPt of dozens of International Solidarity Activists by Israel
Uruknet

Libya’s Sufism being bulldozed to the ground
Uruknet

U.S. soldiers who burned Qur’an, urinated on corpses escape criminal charges
Uruknet

Arrigoni’s Murder Trial in Gaza: Answers Not Just a Verdict
Uruknet

Afghan Soldier Kills Two US Troops in ‘Dispute’
Uruknet

Israeli court rejects Corrie family lawsuit; calls Rachel Corrie’s death ‘regrettable accident’
Uruknet

VIDEO: Reaction to Jerusalem lynching – ‘I saw the whole beating, it’s a good thing that they beat the Arabs’
Uruknet

Video : Free Syrian Army ‘downs’ regime helicopter in Damascus (video)
Uruknet

Daily Star

Air strike said to kill two suspected militants in Yemen
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Two men thought to be Islamist militants were killed in an apparent U.S. drone attack on a car in central Yemen on Tuesday, the defence ministry said.

Iraq announces 21 executions in single day
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Iraq has executed 21 people convicted of terror-related charges, including three women, on the same day, a spokesman said on Tuesday, bringing to 91 the number of people executed so far this year.

7 killed in attacks targeting Iraq security forces
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Attacks targeting Iraqi security forces on Tuesday killed seven people, including six soldiers, authorities said.

Libya interior minister withdraws resignation
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Libya’s interim interior minister returned to work Tuesday, two days after he resigned following attacks by hardliners on Sufi Muslim shrines as police watched.

New adjournment in trial of Kadhafi spy chief
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 The trial of Libya’s former spy chief Bouzid Dorda was adjourned for a fourth time Tuesday as defence lawyers challenged the legality of proceedings in the first case against a top Moamer Kadhafi official.

Kurdistan warns Baghdad it will halt oil exports again
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Iraq’s Kurdistan regional government threatened to stop its share of national oil exports again at the start of September, claiming Baghdad has continued to hold off on payments to oil companies.

Israeli court rejects US activist’s family lawsuit
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 An Israeli court cleared the military of wrongdoing in the death of a young American activist who was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer during a protest in the Gaza Strip nearly a decade ago.

Morsi visit spells cautious Iran-Egypt shift
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Morsi, by visiting Iran this week, aims to distance himself from three decades of chilly ties and cautiously pursue a more agile diplomacy than his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

Kuwait rallies as volumes pick up; Gulf mkts dip
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 Kuwait’s bourse rallied on Tuesday and volumes spiked to their highest in nearly four months as retail investor confidence returned, while profit-taking weighed on most other Gulf bourses.

Palestinian’s UN recognition quest on hold
Daily Star 28 Aug 2012 The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians are putting their quest for international recognition at the U.N. on hold for now.

YNet News

NHC: Hurricane Isaac getting better organized
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IAF helicopter makes emergency landing
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German authorities detonate 550-pound WWII bomb
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Arab people’s will
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Recent developments in Egypt prove peace can be achieved only with Arab dictators ….

Report: 40% of east J’lem seniors drop out of school
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Data published by Association for Civil Rights and Ir Amim suggests large gaps between education systems in east, west capital. Jerusalem Municipality: We are investing large funds to battle inequality ….

Suicide bomber kills Muslim cleric as Putin urges unity 
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US ‘understands’ Corrie family’s frustration 
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – ….

Watch: Settler attacked with axe 
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Settlers from Ma’ale Levona clash with Palestinians after documenting alleged construction near Khan Luban. Settler lightly injured by axe; Palestinian suspect arrested ….

Minister Aharonovitch: Extreme rightists – terrorists 
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Addressing firebomb attack on Palestinian vehicle, internal security minister says fighting Jewish violence in West Bank ‘not simple task’ ….

MK El-Sana stomps on photo of ‘fascist’ Lieberman
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Protesters blast FM’s ‘campaign to take out Abbas’; say he deserves ‘Mussolini award for fascism’ ….

Drama in the Jewish Home 
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Upcoming party primaries crucial after supporters from the Left, Right slowly drifted away ….

Suspected ‘price tag’: Torched vehicles found near Hebron
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – ‘Regards from Asher Palmer’ and ‘Revenge’ sprayed on vehicles in Palestinian village ….

Lieberman invites Morsi to visit Israel
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – FM says encouraged by Egyptian president’s recent comments on peace treaty. Adds: World not overly concerned by Iran calls to destroy Israel ….

Cindy Corrie on verdict: Sad day for Israel 
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Parents of pro-Palestinian activist run over by IDF bulldozer in 2003 express discontent with court’s rejection of civil suit, decry impunity of IDF soldiers ….

Bibi’s ill-advised request 
YNet News, 28 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: PM should have anticipated public’s response to his request to change investment portfolio ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – A big number of Jewish settlers stormed on Tuesday morning Al-Aqsa Mosque escorted by dozens of police officers and intelligence elements.

IOF soldiers demolish commercial store in al-Ram, houses in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) razed on Monday a commercial store, located in the town of Al-Ram near the Qalandia crossroad.

Four Palestinians wounded during confrontations with Jewish settlers
PIC – Four Palestinians were injured during violent clashes on Tuesday morning between citizens in the village of Laban, southern Nablus, and a group of Jewish settlers.

Israeli court exonerates army over murder of Rachel Corrie
PIC – Israeli Central Court in Haifa exonerated the Israeli occupation army of the murder of American activist Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by an army bulldozer.

Ghussein: Aggression on Gaza Zionist organized terrorism
PIC – Palestinian interior ministry spokesman, Ihab al-Ghussein, said that the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip confirms the continuation of Israel’s “organized terrorism†against civilians.

Military operations and arrests in WB
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Tuesday six Palestinians in Al-Khalil province, including two children, after raiding and searching their homes and damaging their belongings.

Wounded Palestinian prisoner’s family calls for putting an end to his suffering
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Othman Ibrahim Younis from the city of Qalqilya in the West Bank, who suffers from a serious health condition, entered his eleventh year in the Israeli occupation’s prisons.

AOHR calls for boycotting Avkon company
PIC – The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) in Britain condemned the involvement of many international companies in the Israeli military operations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli navy kidnaps Palestinian fisherman and his son at sea
PIC – Israeli navy gunboats intercepted a small Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and kidnapped a fisherman and his son while fishing.

WAFA

Rights Group Urges Divestment Following Corrie’s Verdict
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Ashrawi Denounces Corrie’s Case Verdict
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Foreign Ministry Condemns Gush Etzion Annexation to Jerusalem
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Israeli Forces to Demolish 27 Residents near Hebron
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Israel to Demolish 2 Houses in Jericho
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Settlers Injure 3 Palestinians, including Children
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Israeli Court Dismisses Corrie’s Case against Army
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Netherlands Donates $21.6M to UNRWA
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Israeli Forces Demolish 2 Residential Tents in Hebron
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Israeli Airstrikes Injure 2 Palestinians in Gaza
WAFA – 28 Aug 2012

Setters Raze Land west of Salfit
WAFA – 27 Aug 2012

Misc

Turkey calls for international assistance to aid Syrian refugees
LA Times 28 Aug 2012 – Turkey has taken in about 80,000 and can’t handle many more, it says. Meanwhile, France’s Hollande says his nation would recognize a ‘provisional government.’ BEIRUT — Beleaguered Turkish officials called Monday for international assistance to aid escalating numbers of Syrian refugees arriving at Turkey’s borders,…

Syrian Rebels Get Arms From a Diverse Network of Sources
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – A network of tradesmen and businesses have helped to piece together an arsenal to counter the Assad government’s army. 

U.N. Sees Bleak Outlook for Gaza Unless Services Are Improved
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – Gaza may not be “a livable place” by 2020 unless intensive efforts are made to improve infrastructure and services in fields like energy, health, water and sanitation, a United Nations report concluded this week. 

Court Rules Israel Is Not at Fault in Rachel Corrie’s Death
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – An Israeli judge ruled on Tuesday that the state bore no responsibility for the death of Rachel Corrie, the young American protester who was run over by a military bulldozer in 2003. 

Sharp Rise in Syrian Refugees to Jordan and Turkey
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – The United Nations refugee agency said that 10,200 Syrians had crossed into Jordan last week, and Syrian activists reported deadly government airstrikes in Idlib, near Turkey. 

WORLD: The Lions of Tawhid
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – The Times’s C.J. Chivers travels with an antigovernment fighting group in and near Aleppo, where the war for Syria’s future has hardened all involved. 

The Lede Blog: Witness to Rachel Corrie’s Death Responds to Israeli Court Ruling Absolving Soldier
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – A British activist who witnessed the death of Rachel Corrie, an American who was killed in Gaza in 2003 while trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home, reflects on the verdict of a court in Israel, which absolved the soldier behind the wheel of responsibility for her death. 

Weapons of the Syrian Rebels
New York Times 28 Aug 2012 – Using a melange of arms captured from their enemies, weapons smuggled across Syria’s borders and an assortment of weapons that they have made themselves in hidden shops, Syria’s rebels have managed to seize territory, drive the conventionally equipped Syrian armed forces back in certain areas of the countryside and put the government to siege. 

Israel among top arms exporters and importers 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – A US Congress research report puts Israel in eighth place in terms of sales volume among the world’s arms suppliers.

Israeli Court Blames Rachel Corrie for Own Death, Says IDF, State Not Responsible
Tikun Olam – Rachel Corrie’s murder  (Joseph Smith) An Israeli court ruled in the past hour or so that neither the State nor the IDF is responsible for the death of Rachel Corrie.  In fact, the judge claims that she herself was responsible.  This is a case brought by…

Republican Jewish Coalition Violates IRS Code Governing 501c4s
Tikun Olam – Kim Barker wrote an eye-opening series on the ways in which anonymous Republican money is flooding into the presidential race through a legal loophole blessed by Congress and the FEC.  Under regulations governing 501c4?s, you may collect unlimited amounts of gifts and funnel them to virtually…

JVP Rabbis on Rabbis for Obama
Jewish Voice for Peace – Keep Obama’s Rabbis , by Alissa Wise and Brant Rosen, The Jewish Daily Forward, August 24, 2012 The Republican Jewish Coalition and the Emergency Committee for Israel this week urged a group of rabbis supporting President Barack Obama’s reelection to purge members of the Jewish Voice for…

Media Coverage: Rabbis for Obama and JVP
Jewish Voice for Peace – Aug. 21: Obama campaign announces Rabbis for Obama: http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/obama-for-america-launches-rabbis-for-obama and publishes list of rabbis on campaign website: http://www.barackobama.com/rabbis Aug. 23 Republican Jewish Coalition press release 012/08/rjc-calls-for-removal-of-obama-campaigns-radical-rabbi/ Adam Kredo, Wash. Free Beacon http://freebeacon.com/radical-rabbi/ Nathaniel Botwinick, National Reviewhttp://www.nationalreview.com/corner/314821/obamas-anti-israel-rabbi-nat… Daniel Treiman, JTA publishes article about RJC’s press release…

JVP deplores Rachel Corrie verdict
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: rebecca@jvp.org Jewish Group Deplores Israeli Civil Court Verdict Today in 2003 Death of American Activist Rachel Corrie [NEW YORK, August 28, 2012] Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is deeply disappointed by the verdict read by Judge Oded Gershon this morning in…

Cindy Corrie following the verdict: ‘I don’t think that Rachel should have moved. I think we should all have been standing there with her.’
Mondoweiss – The Corrie family and their attorney Hussein Abu Hussein at a press conference after the verdict was announced. (Photo: Leehee Rothschild) Almost ten years after Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American peace activist, was run over by a bulldozer in Gaza while trying to prevent the demolition of…

Blaming Rachel Corrie
Mondoweiss – Oppressive and violent systems have different ideologies, different victims, different beneficiaries, and different experiences. But there are skeletal frameworks and forms that are present in them all. I cannot think of any more common than the rhetorical method used in the court decision surrounding the murder…

Academics speak out in support of Judith Butler
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we published a response from Judith Butler to an attack on her published in the Jerusalem Post. The Post article reported on a campaign to pressure the prestigious  Theodor Adorno Prize to rescind an honor for Butler over her criticism of Israel. Several fellow academics…

Torturing a Palestinian, a literary titillation
Mondoweiss – After reading about and participating in the discussion here on the young Israeli writer, Shani Boianjiu *, and her story, “ Means of Suppressing Demonstrations ,” I ordered an advance reading copy (ARC) of her forthcoming novel, The People of Forever are Not Afraid   (pub. date…

Corrie verdict demonstrates Israel cannot administer justice according to int’l standards — ISM
Mondoweiss – Rachel Corrie was a member of the International Solidarity Movement when she was killed in Gaza in 2003. The ISM released this statement on the not guilty verdict in a civil suit brought against Israel by her parents. –Editors The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is deeply…

Illegal Migron Settlers Get Reprieve Again 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Aug 2012 – The Migron outpost in the West Bank was not evacuated as scheduled. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bulgaria Bomb Victims’ Families Hold Ceremony 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Aug 2012 – The families of the Israelis killed in a terror attack at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, attended a ceremony for the victims. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gilad Shalit Marks First Birthday Since Release 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Aug 2012 – Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity. Click here for the rest of the article…

France Opens Murder Probe Into Arafat’s Death 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Aug 2012 – French prosecutors have launched a formal murder investigation into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004, AFP news agency reported Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Angola: Angola At Non Aligned Countries Summit in Tehran 
allAfrica.com 28 Aug 2012 – [ANGOP]Cairo -The Republic of Angola will participate on 30 and 31 August, in Tehran, Iran, at the 16th Summit of Heads of State or Government of non-aligned countries.

Liberia: Ellen, Israeli Envoy Discuss Several Investment Prospects 
allAfrica.com 28 Aug 2012 – [Informer]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcomed the initiative of bringing Israeli investors to Liberia to explore potential cooperation in several areas.

VIDEO: Cindy Corrie speaks to Al Jazeera Newshour 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 28 Aug 2012 – Click here to view the embedded video. An Israeli court has ruled in a civil case that the Israel army was not at fault in the bulldozer death of American pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie nearly 10 years ago. Corrie was 23 years old when she went…

Attorney Hussein Abu Hussein’s statement on verdict in Corrie wrongful death lawsuit 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 28 Aug 2012 – ( Haifa, Israel – August 28, 2012 ) – While not surprising, this verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its…

VIDEO: Activists in Gaza say — Remember Rachel Corrie by supporting BDS 
Global BDS 28 Aug 2012 – Palestinians in Gaza support the Corrie family on the eve of the verdict in their lawsuit against Israel over its 2003 killing of their daughter Rachel, as well as divestment from Caterpillar and the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Ethics matter, the world tells Israel 
Global BDS 28 Aug 2012 – We may be quietly witnessing these days an important change in Middle Eastern history. The calm, rational human emphasis on ethical behavior and the quest for peace and justice could be triumphing over the attempt to spread victimization and hysteria and to overlook violent and criminal…

Deadly car bomb at Syria funeral 
BBC 28 Aug 2012 – Twelve people are killed by a car bomb at a funeral in the Jaramana suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state TV says.

France opens Arafat murder case 
BBC 28 Aug 2012 – France opens a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, weeks after his family filed papers alleging he was poisoned.

Corrie parents lose Israel case 
BBC 28 Aug 2012 – Israel was not at fault for the death of US activist Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003, an Israeli court rules.

World of Warcraft cut off in Iran 
BBC 28 Aug 2012US trade regulations force game-maker Blizzard to stop people in Iran playing its popular online World of Warcraft.

Israeli Court Fails to Provide Justice in Killing of Rachel Corrie 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 28 Aug 2012 – Human Rights Advocates Intensify Call for Divestment as Israeli Court Fails to Provide Justice in Killing of American Peace Activist The We Divest Campaign , a national coalition demanding pension fund giant TIAA-CREF divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, is intensifying its…

Spiralling Out of Control 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 28 Aug 2012 – The view of destruction in Bab el-Tabbaneh, during a tour in the city after the ceasefire. (Photo: Adel Karoum) The view of destruction in Bab el-Tabbaneh, during a tour in the city after the ceasefire. (Photo: Adel Karoum) Listening to morning news broadcasts has become a…

Open Letter to Mohammed Mursi 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 28 Aug 2012 – Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi talks during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential palace in Cairo, 27 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi talks during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential palace in Cairo, 27 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters -…

15 dead in Pakistan clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2012 – Fresh clashes in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area along the Afghan border on Tuesday left three soldiers and 11 militants dead, security officials said. The latest fighting occurred as part of a Pakistan army operation to repel Taliban militants who had crossed over from Kunar province in…

Seven dead in Russia suicide attack 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2012 – A female suicide bomber posing as a Muslim pilgrim killed a leading Islamic scholar and at least five others on a night of heavy violence in Russia’s restive Muslim region of Dagestan. The attack was reported just as President Vladimir Putin began delivering a keynote address…

UN to Libya: stop destroying holy sites 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2012 – UN cultural body UNESCO on Tuesday called on Libya to immediately cease the destruction of Sufi holy sites after Islamist hardliners wrecked shrines across the country. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova expressed “grave concern” at the destruction of Sufi sites in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli and…

Algerian activist trial delayed 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2012 – The trial of Algerian rights activist Abdelkader Kherba on charges of insulting an official during a protest against water cuts has been postponed until September 4, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Kherba, 32, who has been on hunger strike since his arrest on August 21, appeared…

US drone kills two in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2012 – Two suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in a US drone missile strike on their vehicle in Hadramawt province of eastern Yemen on Tuesday, security sources said. They told AFP that the drone fired the missile at a car on a main road in the desert, “killing…

Lebanese filmmakers pull out of Israeli-run workshop in Jordan 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2012 – Three Lebanese filmmakers who were scheduled to participate in an international film training project in Jordan have pulled out after learning that Israel was among its key sponsors. The filmmakers, Habib Battah, Lucien Bourjeily and Samer Ghorayeb, said they were unaware of the Israeli connection to…

The Egyptian Initiative: Banking on Syrian Fatigue 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Aug 2012 – A young boy runs across the street during clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on 24 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Aris Messinis) A young boy runs across the street during clashes between…

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Shelterless Once Again 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Aug 2012 – A Syrian refugee sits with her daughters where they are staying temporarily with their relatives at a school in Wadi Khaled town, near the Syria border in north Lebanon 24 July 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Jamal Saidi) A Syrian refugee sits with her daughters where they…

Syria’s Turkmen Join the Fight 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Aug 2012 – A young Syrian girl look on as she stands near the Syrian-Turkish border line on 27 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Aris Messinis) A young Syrian girl look on as she stands near the Syrian-Turkish border line on 27 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Aris Messinis)…

Articles


Judge blaming Rachel Corrie for her own death highlights Israel’s impunity, family says 
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Haifa, Electronic Intifada 8/28/2012
      The Haifa District court ruled earlier today that the Israeli military is not responsible for killing American activist Rachel Corrie, and that Corrie was to blame for her own death.
     “Even when she saw the mount of earth moving towards her, she did not move away. The accident was caused by the deceased,” said Israeli Judge Oded Gershon, as he read out a summary of the 62-page ruling in front of a packed courthouse and with Rachel’s mother Cindy, father Craig and sister Sarah sitting in the front row.
     Rachel’s death, Gershon said, “was not due to negligence of the state or any of its actors. The state did not violate the right of the deceased [Rachel Corrie] to life.”
     Twenty-three-year-old American activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in March 2003. At the time of her death, she was trying to prevent Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in the Gaza border town of Rafah.
     “There is no basis for the claim that the bulldozer hit her intentionally. It was a very unfortunate accident. I am confident the operator wouldn’t have continued if he saw her. This was an accident,” Gershon said, adding “the state is not responsible for damages in actions [that occur] in combat operations.”
     Seven years in court
     The Corrie family intends to appeal the Haifa District Court’s decision at the Israeli high court within 45 days.
     The case was originally filed against the state of Israel in 2005 in Haifa District Court. The family accused the state of being responsible for Rachel’s death and of not conducting a thorough investigation into what happened. more.. e-mail

ISM’s response to the Rachel Corrie verdict 
International Solidarity Movement 8/28/2012
      The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is deeply concerned by the verdict of Judge Oded Gershon that absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.
     Despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been “thorough, credible and transparent” and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death. Judge Gershon ruled that Rachel was to blame for her own murder and classifies her non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a “thinking person”.
     By disregarding international law and granting Israeli war criminals impunity Judge Gershon’s verdict exemplifies the fact that Israel’s legal system cannot be trusted to administer justice according to international standards.The ISM calls on the international community to hold Israel accountable by supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and continuing to join the Palestinian struggle in the occupied Palestinian territories.
     Describing the situation in Gaza two days before she was killed, Rachel said, “I’m witnessing the systematic destruction of a people’s ability to survive. It’s horrifying.” Rachel’s analysis holds true today, confirmed by the United Nations a day before this ruling, which reported that Gaza would not be “liveable” by 2020 barring urgent action.
     The verdict is a green light for Israeli soldiers to use lethal force against human rights defenders and puts Palestinian and International human rights defenders in mortal danger. more.. e-mail

US Encourages Israel’s War Aims 
Sheldon Richman, CounterPunch 8/27/2012
      The Meaning of the United States-Israel Enhanced Cooperation Act
     While Israel—cheered on by its American boosters led by AIPAC and Mitt Romney—beats the drums ever louder for a war of aggression against Iran, President Obama in late July signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Cooperation Act. This was hardly a signal that Obama would like to defuse the explosive situation building in the Middle East. The Rose Garden signing, attended by AIPCA representatives, came on top of the latest in a series of harsh economic sanctions approved by AIPAC-dominated Congress and Obama against the Iranian people. This intensifying economic warfare is predictably creating hardship for average Iranians, including shortages of life-saving medicines. (Sanctions come on top of covert warfare and assassination of Iranian scientists by Israel and cyber warfare by the United States, and an increasing U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf and surrounding area. Iran is nearly ringed by U.S. military installations.) Signing the Act, Obama said:
     “[W]hat this legislation does is bring together all the outstanding cooperation that we have seen, really, at an unprecedented level between our two countries that underscore our unshakeable commitment to Israel security.”
     The Enhanced Cooperation Act passed the Senate (voice vote) and House in June and July, respectively, with Reps. Ron Paul and John Dingell as the only opponents.
     The Act pledges “To help the Government of Israel preserve its qualitative military edge amid rapid and uncertain regional political transformation.” Bear in the mind the context. Israel already possesses by far unparalleled military power in the region, although we live in an era where victory is not guaranteed to the militarily superior. Israel did not prevail when it attacked and devastated Lebanon in 2006. We must bear in mind, also, that Israel has a nuclear arsenal estimated at 200-300 warheads, some of them submarine mounted…. more.. e-mail

Glenn Greenwald skewers US injustices in compelling latest book
Electronic Intifada: 28 Aug 2012 – Maureen Clare Murphy 28 August 2012 Columnist Glenn Greenwald’s most recent book demonstrates “how the law is used to destroy equality and protect the powerful” in the United States today.more

Hopes for freedom of movement dashed, once again, in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 28 Aug 2012 – Rami Almeghari Cairo 28 August 2012 Palestinians in Gaza, half of whom are under 18 and more than a million dependent on food aid, were optimistic about Egypt’s new president. Their hopes for support are now quickly fading.more

Judge blaming Rachel Corrie for her own death highlights Israel’s impunity, family says
Electronic Intifada: 28 Aug 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Haifa 28 August 2012 After a seven year trial, an Israeli court exonerated Israel’s army in the 2003 killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie in what Rachel’s family and human rights groups say is another instance of impunity.more

impressions from Gaza on a few hot August days
In Gaza: 28 Aug 2012 – As I spoke with Emad’s father last night there was a loud blast somewhere in the distance. He is hard of hearing, asked what’s that ? I told him it’s  a bomb somewhere. He shrugged and walked off to the mosque to pray his evening  prayers. At night I lay rooftop, again star-gazing, listening to F-16s and other IOF warplanes roar overhead every so often, and heard a series of bombings again far off. The noise of the wedding party in eastern Deir al Balah almost obfuscated the bombings, and as the planes didn’t do their evil work in our area I, like everyone else, shrugged and went to sleep. The thing is, here, you never know where is being bombed, whether it is farmland or a home or a car a market the beach. And with electricity cuts (ours was out at the time of the first bombings and again…more

ISM’s Response to the Rachel Corrie Verdict
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Aug 2012 – By ISM The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is deeply concerned by the verdict of Judge Oded Gershon that absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip. Despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been “thorough, credible and transparent” and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death. Judge Gershon ruled that Rachel was to blame for her own murder and classifies her non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a “thinking person”. By disregarding international law and granting Israeli war criminals impunity Judge Gershon’s verdict exemplifies the…more

Fighting Apartheid in Palestine: South Africa’s Unfinished Business
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Aug 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud The recent approval by South Africa’s cabinet to distinguish between products made in Israel and those made in illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank was both politically sound and morally consistent with the country’s anti-Apartheid legacy. It was also a natural progression of South Africa’s policies, which have reflected impatience with Israel through the years. Israel’s policies have long been geared towards decimating Palestinian society, along with any chances for a just peace. It was clear that Israel has chosen the Apartheid option, not just as a de facto outcome of its policies, but through a decided legal and political pattern. For South Africa to have remained silent about these dangerous policies would have endangered the very essence of the country’s anti-Apartheid reputation. South Africa’s decision, however, was not just motivated by political necessity. Veterans of the anti-Apartheid struggle have had numerous influences on the country’s…more

Rachel Corrie Verdict Highlights Impunity for Israeli Military
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Aug 2012 – By Amnesty International – Washington, D.C. Amnesty International condemns an Israeli court’s verdict that the government of Israel bears no responsibility in the death of Rachel Corrie, saying the verdict continues the pattern of impunity for Israeli military violations against civilians and human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The verdict shields Israeli military personnel from accountability and ignores deep flaws in the Israeli military’s internal investigation of Corrie’s death. “Rachel Corrie was a peaceful American protestor who was killed while attempting to protect a Palestinian home from the crushing force of an Israeli military bulldozer,” said Sanjeev Bery, Middle East and North Africa advocacy director for Amnesty International USA. “More than nine years after Corrie’s death, the Israeli authorities still have not delivered on promises to conduct a ‘thorough, credible and transparent’ investigation. Instead, an Israeli court has upheld the flawed military investigation and issued a verdict…more

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